Kenner/Hasbro has released the Darth Maul Sith Speeder several times over the years. The first one was released in 1999 during the Episode 1 Collection. The same vehicle, but with a different paint application and a different copyright imprint was released during The Legacy Collection in 2010 (Tatooine Desert Ambush Battle Pack), and then once more
during the Episode 1 3D Collection in 2012. Each time Hasbro included a Darth Maul figure with the vehicle.
As of this article (February 2012), Hasbro has released this Darth Maul figure numerous times in their SAGA Legends line. Actually, the Darth Maul figure included with the Sith Speeder in 2012 was released by Hasbro twice in 2012 at the same time, once in the Sith Speeder set and once in the Target exclusive Emergence Of The Sith 2-pack.
We are focusing this article on the pack-in figures only which came with the Sith Speeder.
Darth Maul differences
One of the differences which is noticable is in the fabrics used for the soft-goods Sith robe. The stiching on the 1999 version is much finer and the holes in it are just not as big as in the more modern versions. It's also not quite as shiny, which is nice. Please have a look at the Sith robes in the picture below.
The head sculpt on the 1999 version appears to be a bit rounder compared to the more recent releases. The paint differences in the face are very obvious. The 1999 Darth Maul is clearly the darkest, and all three of them feature different patterns as well. The most obvious pattern difference is around the nose. Out of the examples which we took a look at, the 2010 figure stood out with the cleanest paint job.
From left to right: 1999, 2010, 2012.
Besides the paint application, there are also differences in the copyright. The 1999 figure has "KENNER CHINA" on the bottom of the right foot, and a 1999 LFL copyright on the bottom of the left foot. The 2010 Darth Maul has a much wider stance than the '99 Maul, and the bottom of the right foot now says "HASBRO CHINA", and on the bottom of the left foot it says "1999 LFL C-0010". The 2012 Darth Maul has an imprint on the bottom of the right foot that says "CHINA C-060A", and on the bottom of the right foot it says "1999 LFL Hasbro SA". The most obvious change here though is the wider stance on the 2010 and 2012 Darth Mauls.
The articulation on all three figures is the same with 10 points (swivel neck, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel right forearm, swivel left elbow, swivel waist, 2 swivel legs, 2 swivel knees).
Here is a look at all three Darth Mauls from behind, with the 1999 Darth Maul on the left, the 2010 Maul in the middle and the 2012 version on the right.
The mold used for the vehicles appears to be the same for all released versions. However there are differences in the paint application.
The 1999 version of the Bloodfin features subtle weathering, which on closer inspection looks pretty nice. The 2010 Bloodfin was given a stronger paint application,
with the brown color tones being the most obvious difference. The weathering is almost all gone on that version. The 2012 Bloodfin was given quite a different paint application all together.
The picture below shows the Sith Speeders from left to right from 2012, 2010 and 1999.
The back of the speeders looks almost identical on the 1999 and 2010 versions, however the 2012 Bloodfin was updated and has some green lights painted on.
The cockpit area on the 1999 and 2010 speeders look overall pretty simple. The 1999 speeder has only two barely visible green stripes. The 2010 speeder has the same two green stripes, but it was sloppily applied on the version which we took a look at. The 2012 Sith Speeder takes the crown here, it was nicely updated, as you can see
in the comparison picture below.
From left to right: 1999, 2010, 2012.
Another difference on all the speeders is the copyright imprint. The 1999 Bloodfin has still the old KENNER 1999 copyright on it. The 2010 version has it updated to a HASBRO 1999 copyright. Both imprints are in the same spot on both speeders. The 2012 Bloodfin has the copyright moved slightly to the left and a smaller and longer copyright statement on it. In addition the 2012 version
has a white number printed on the right to it, which could be a part number.
To sum it up, all three Bloodfins are different, and all three Darth Maul figures are different as well. Each version has something going for it. If we had to pick a favorite figure out of the three, we would probably go with the
1999 Darth Maul, because the darker paint application in the face looks a bit more realistic, the soft-goods Sith robe looks a bit nicer, and the leg stance is just not as wide as on the other figures.
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